Lowcountry Mental Health Summit on May 21, 2022

This summit is a great opportunity to learn more about mental health and how it impacts our community. You’ll have the chance to explore different approaches to counseling and learn about resources that are available to you.

We hope that you will join us at the summit, on May 21st, 2022, at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. 7396 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406 from 9am-5pm, as we work together to improve mental health in our community. It’s going to be a great event, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Register today!

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About Summit

The Lowcountry Mental Health Summit presented by the Parent Leader Network of the Charleston Area
Urban League in partnership with the Project Prevent Program of the Department of Alternative
Programs and Services of the Charleston County will be held on May 21st, 2022, at Mount Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church-7396 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406 from 9am- 5pm.

In 2021, Parent Leader Network (PLN) members decided that the mental health of Black students within
the Lowcountry was a priority that needed to be addressed. However, many parents recognized that
there were knowledge gaps regarding protocols for attending to mental health concerns within their
schools. The PLN agreed that a mental health summit was needed because “we don’t know what we
don’t know”. The purpose of the Summit is to create a conducive space for discussing and learning
about mental health and how it impacts Lowcountry families, exploring best practices in mental health
approaches for school-based systems, and gaining access to culturally appropriate school-based and
community-based counseling resources.

The summit is free to Lowcountry residents and will feature a hybrid engagement platform with sessions
occurring in person and virtually. There will be a dynamic keynote speaker, breakout sessions for adults
and children (6th grade and up) with Behavioral Health experts, Practitioners, and School
Administrators. Exhibitors will be on site and free boxed lunches will be provided.

Session Topics Include:

  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Second Step
  • Positive Interventions and Support
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Restorative Practices

Free childcare services will be provided for children in Kindgergarten-5th grade.
Vendor tables are still available for community resources that would like to participate

May 2022 CHS Area Branch Program: Public Institutions, Pharmacists and Physicians: Racial Inequities in Healthcare in South Carolina, 1790-1950

EVENT: Charleston Area Branch ASALH Membership Meeting and Program

DATE: MAY 14, 2022 1-3PM

LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom

DESCRIPTION; Branch Meeting and Panel Presentation

TITLE: “Public Institutions, Pharmacists and Physicians: Racial Inequities in Healthcare in South Carolina, 1790-1950”

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

This interdisciplinary panel will address health disparities by race in 18th, 19th and 20th century South Carolina utilizing diverse research methodologies in uncovering the deeply troubled yet important history of racial inequities in health care in South Carolina. Presenters will: examine the essential role of enslaved workers in America’s first public orphanage explore the life and career of Dr. John McFarland during the late nineteenth through the twentieth centuries and; discuss the reach  history of African American medical institutions and the paucity of official records in archival repositories.

PRESENTERS

Dr. Felice Knight, Assistant Professor History Department, The Citadel

Dr. Brian Fors, Curator Waring Historical Library, MUSC

Lahnice McFall Hollister, Independent Scholar and Genealogist

PROGRAM AGENDA

1:00    Welcome and Call to Order and Lift Every Voice and Sing

1:10    Officers / Committee Reports

1:45    Panel Presentation

2:15    Q&A

2:30    Announcements

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Social Determinants of Black Health and Wellness on April 9, 2022 at 1pm EST

The Charleston Area Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is hosting a series of programs focusing on Black health and wellness in honor of National Minority Health Month.

Join us for an interactive virtual forum as we define the social factors that impact health and ways we can actively improve health and wellness outcomes for the Black community. Featured panelists are a trio of local healthcare leaders to include Dr. Michael Moxley, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity Officer at Roper St. Francis Healthcare; Renee Linyard-Gary, Director of Health at Trident United Way; and Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell, Primary Care Physician, Founder of Closing the Gap in Healthcare and renowned community health activist. Program will be hosted by Kimberly Butler Willis, Managing Director of GOODSTOCK Consulting.

Registration

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Book talk and signing at The Citadel with Lahnice Hollister

Book talk and signing

Wednesday, March 2
6:30 p.m.
Daniel Library
Free, open to the public

Events honoring Black History Month continue with a book talk and signing on Wednesday, March 2.

The Citadel will host Lahnice McFall Hollister at 6:30 p.m. in Daniel Library.

Hollister, a genealogist and family historian, has published research in national genealogical journals and has received numerous awards for her publications.

Her book talk will focus on her most recent publication: “Resisting Jim Crow: The Autobiography of Dr. John McFall.” McFall was among Charleston’s early Black pharmacists and was the brother of Hollister’s grandfather. Hollister has received critical acclaim from scholars for uncovering this previously unknown manuscript by one of Charleston’s African American healthcare pioneers.

This event is open to all members of the campus community, but space is limited. To register, click here.

2022 Black History Month at MUSC

Feb. 9, 12:00 p.m. – “Before Tuskegee: Human Experiments Under Slavery and Segregation in the United States” ft. Stephen Kenny, Ph.D. This is a virtual event, open to the public and registration is required. It is presented by the Student History Club. Learn more and register.

Feb. 9, 12:00 p.m. – “Black History Month: Hidden in plain sight” ft. Michael Allen. This is a virtual event, open to MUSC employees and staff only. This event will take place on Microsoft Teams. It is presented by the MUSC College of Nursing.

Feb. 11, 5:00 p.m. – 8th annual Black History Awards Program, “Extending the Dream” ft. B. DaNine Fleming, Ed.D. This is a virtual event, open to the public. This event will take place on Zoom. Meeting ID: 860 5350 4111 Passcode: 164860.

Feb. 16, 12:00 p.m. – “My feets is tired, but my soul is rested: The promises and limitations of African American resilience and restorative practice,” ft. Tonya M. Matthews, Ph.D. This is a virtual event, open to MUSC employees and students only. It is presented by the MUSC College of Dental Medicine and the MUSC Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Registration is required.

Feb. 16, 6:00 p.m. – “For the Future of Our Race: African Americans and Healthcare in 20th Century South Carolina” ft. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Ph.D. This is a virtual event, open to the public and registration is required. It is presented by the Waring Library and the MUSC Office of Humanities. Learn more and register.

Black History Month: “For the Future of Our Race: African Americans and Healthcare in 20th Century South Carolina” at Waring Historical Library and the MUSC Office of Humanities on Feb 16, 2022

What: 2022 Black History Month Lecture

Date: February 16, 2022

Time: 6 PM

Location: Virtual via Zoom

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. More info & registration here.

Description

The Black History Month Lecture, co-sponsored by the Waring Historical Library and the MUSC Office of Humanities, will be held Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 6 PM virtually on Zoom. This year’s speaker will be Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, from the Arkansas State University-Jonesboro. Dr. Jones-Branch will present on the topic, “For the Future of Our Race: African Americans and Healthcare in 20th Century South Carolina.”

This event will count as 1 DEI Hour Credit.

Cherisse Jones-Branch is the James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Professor of History, Dean of the Graduate School at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, and a 2021-2022 American Council on Education Fellow. A native of Charleston, she received her B.A. and M.A. from the College of Charleston, and a doctorate in History from The Ohio State University. Dr. Jones-Branch is the author of Crossing the Line: Women and Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II and the co-editor of Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times. A second manuscript, Better Living By Their Own Bootstraps: Black Women’s Activism in Rural Arkansas, 1913-1965, is now available from the University of Arkansas Press. Jones-Branch is currently working on a third book project titled “. . . To Make the Farm Bureau Stronger and Better for All the People:” African Americans and the American Farm Bureau Federation: 1920-1966.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating for this virtual event is limited and registration is required. Register by Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 5 PM to reserve your seat and receive log in information.

This lecture is the third of four annual lectures which comprise the Waring Society Lecture Series. The Waring Society Lecture Series provides a look at new, fresh, and innovative research and publications on the history of the health sciences. Each lecture will be presented in a hybrid format, part formal recorded presentation and part live discussion online with the author-historian. Those who wish to attend will need to register so that you can receive the necessary link to join the presentation.

CHS Area Branch of ASALH Black History Month Program: Black People Do Therapy on Saturday, February 12th at 3pm EST

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022

Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Event Registration

Description

The session will include a discussion on why therapy is important, with a focus on Black people, what to expect when attending a visit, why mental health matters, self-care in times of COVID-19, how to engage young people in the mental health conversation, and the impact of social justice issues has on ones’ mental health. The discussion will be held with mental health professionals Dr. Jerez Mitchell and Tita Johnson, LPC.

Presenter Bios

Dr. Jerez Mitchell

Dr. Jerez Mitchell is a mental health consultant and provides psychoeducational programming and advocacy for children and adults. She currently works at the Charleston Area Urban League as a Program Coordinator and Community Organizer. She is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Mitchell obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Spelman College and her Master’s and PhD degree in Counseling Psychology from Howard University. She completed two Post-Doctoral specializations: First in Couples and Family Therapy at the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Charleston, SC where she provided individual, couple, group and family therapy for Veterans and their loved ones. Her second specialization was as an After-hours/Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Resident in the Counseling and Psychiatry department at the University of South Carolina (USC). Here she provided individual, group, and couples therapy for USC students and psychoeducational programming for the campus at large. Dr. Mitchell is an alumna of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning program at Howard University and currently consults for various boards and coalitions regarding mental health, diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Dr. Mitchell is the co-creator of Cuts and Conversations, an initiative to increase the retention, progression, and completion rates of Black Males at colleges, universities, and beyond. She is the co-founder of Southern Conduits, LLC which is a consulting firm that specializes in wellness management, community engagement, and program management. Jerez honors her sense of responsibility to her community and strives to advocate and implement cultural and evidence-based interventions and programs that can positively impact marginalized populations.

In her free time, Jerez enjoys spending time with her husband and son at the beach.

Tita Johnson, LPC

Tita Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over ten years of experience in the field. 

She became a counselor because she wanted to help individuals, families, and couples face challenges and to be able to walk with them through difficult situations. Her passion is helping children, adolescents, and adults heal from traumatic experiences and move towards a more fulfilling and empowered life.  She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), an LPC Supervisor (LPCS), Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC), and a Certified EMDR Therapist.  

Mrs. Johnson has a wide range of experience that has led her to work in different settings with a variety of conditions. Some of her specialty areas include trauma, depression, anxiety, family counseling, and child and adolescent issues. 

Mrs. Johnson currently works at the Charleston Counseling Center.

April 10, 2021: Branch Meeting and Panel on Promoting Health and Wellness

Program Title: The Black Family-Promoting Health and Wellness

Date: April 10, 2021 via Zoom

Time: Membership Meeting at 1pm; Program at 1:50pm

Description

Membership meeting to be followed by a panel discussion

The Covid-19 pandemic has refocused and reinforced attention on the existence of health disparities for Black Americans. Our panel of health care providers will explore the family based issues, strategies, and actions that impact health and wellness outcomes.

Panelists

  • Thaddeus J. Bell, MD, Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc.
    • Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell is a practicing Family Practice Physician in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the Founder of Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. (CGHC), a non-profit organization created to decrease health disparities by providing health education for African Americans and other under-served populations. Closing the Gap in Health Care radio health tips as well as the website  has received  National Awards from the National Health Foundation as one the best programs of its kind in the Country in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • Paula Orr, MD, Charleston Women’s Wellness Center
    • As board-certified GYN, Dr. Paula Orr brings more than 20 years of extensive experience in every aspect of women’s care. Specializing in Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery, Advance Gynecologic Laparoscopic Surgery, to alternative medicine and preventative medicine to treat many gynecological ailments, you will find the experience and care that you need. In addition, Dr. Orr and her staff work to treat the total woman, Body, Mind and Spirit. That’s why you will find a relaxing, motivational, and caring environment inside our practice.

Moderator

  • Gwendolyn Harris, PhD, Charleston Branch Program Committee

Registration

Join ASALH Festival Marquee Event, Back by Popular Demand


Greetings!

Back by popular demand, ASALH presents an encore viewing of A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham on Friday, March 26 at 4 pm (est). Don’t miss this March marquee festival event replay!


ASALH guests who purchased the premier showing on February 20, 2021 can view the encore performance at no additional charge.

If you missed it, you can get a ticket here

Other festival. Events can be viewed on ASALH TV via YouTube.

See the festival souvenir journal here